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Many of us depend on instant messaging platforms, such as Slack to communicate with our team members. Even if we work in the same office as our team, messaging platforms like Slack are great for cultivating a collaborative and healthy work environment. It’s easier than ever to share images or documents, comment in threads to keep conversations organized, integrate tools, message or voice call coworkers individually, tag your coworkers, update your status, and more. To make the most of Slack, it’s beneficial to know how to update notification settings on Slack, and to choose the most productive option for your workflow. 

Learn how to update notification settings on Slack so you stay in the loop, while remaining productive throughout the workday. You can also check out our How to Use the Internet Series, which includes a video tutorial on How to Update Notification Settings on Slack. 

how to update notification settings on Slack 
Stay in the loop, while remaining productive throughout the workday.

How to update notification settings on Slack 

Open your Slack messenger, click the dropdown menu on your Slack account, and click the preferences option. This will take you to a new window of options.  

Update notification settings preferences

Here, you can choose when you would like to receive notifications in Slack. You can choose to be notified for every new message, or when you receive direct messages, mentions & keywords, or never receive any notifications. If you choose not to receive notifications, you will still receive the badgers indicating that you have unread messages. You can also create different preferences for your mobile devices.

Notification keywords

If you’re worried about missing any important conversations in group chats, but you easily get distracted, adding specific keywords might be beneficial. If you’re working on a select few projects in a large office, you may want to include keywords that relate to those projects. This will eliminate distracting notifications, the need to wade through group conversations, or missing something important.  

Do not disturb notifications

The notification settings on Slack can always be updated, and keep in mind that when you’ve set your status to “Do Not Disturb” because you’re in a meeting or out of the office, you will not receive any notifications until it’s been turned off. This can automatically set up during specific hours of the day, such as 10:00 pm to 8:00 am when you’re home and off the clock. Further down on the preference page, you have the option to send notifications to your mobile device if you’ve been inactive on your desktop for a customized amount of time.  

Update notification settings on Slack when you’re busy
Set your status to “Do Not Disturb” to mute notifications during meetings.

Update notification settings on Slack channels

In most offices or departments, there are going to be Slack channels that are more relevant to your specific job title than others. Here, you can choose channel-specific notifications.

Update Slack sounds and appearances notifications

Slack is the perfect blend between fun and function. Slack’s mission is to make work-life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. Notification sounds can be a way to add some fun to your workspace, while staying on task. And so there you have it! Now that you know how to update notifications settings on Slack, you can customize and monitor messages as you see fit. 

Knowing how to update notification settings on Slack will help you streamline your workflow and remain connected with your team. Want to learn more tips and tricks? Check out the rest of our How to Use the Internet Series. This YouTube series of short video demonstrations are designed to teach users various online skills through visual storytelling, like creating GIFs, setting up social media accounts, and more.

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